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This module addresses the use of assistive technology (AT) in vocational and postsecondary environments. The need for transition planning, to include AT, will be stressed, as well as resources for obtaining AT that can be used in these environments. The module will guide the user through the WATI AT assessment process, which systematically progresses through the stages of information gathering, decision-making, and implementation planning. The WATI Assistive Technology Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s), and tasks, leading to the selection of the most appropriate tools.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 23 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Explain the laws that pertain to AT in vocational and postsecondary environments.
  2. Identify sources for AT in vocational and postsecondary environments.
  3. Apply the student, environment, and tasks components of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide to address a student's need for AT in vocational and postsecondary environments.
  4. Identify AT that may be used in vocational and postsecondary environments.

Module Authors

Patti Drescher, M.Ed., OTR, ATP

Patti Drescher received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004 she received her Master's Degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University where she also coordinated the GMU LIFE Program and served as adjunct faculty. A RESNA certified ATP since 1998, Patti has worked in numerous settings including the public schools, in-patient rehabilitation, higher education, and vocational rehabilitation. She has presented at many state and national conferences, and co-authored WATI's ASNAT (Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology) manual. Patti joined Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as an OT/Assistive Technology Specialist in 2010.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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